Little Children

2006 R 2h 17m DVD

Little Children

2006 R 2h 17m DVD
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Underlying emotions in a quiet suburban town are primed to explode as a reluctant mother copes with her troubled marriage by having an affair with a stay-at-home dad, and the neighborhood bristles when a sex offender returns to live with his mother.
Kate Winslet, Patrick Wilson, Jennifer Connelly, Noah Emmerich, Gregg Edelman, Sadie Goldstein, Ty Simpkins, Jackie Earle Haley, Phyllis Somerville, Raymond J. Barry, Trini Alvarado, Helen Carey, Catherine Wolf, Mary B. McCann, Jane Adams
Todd Field
Widescreen Anamorphic 2.35:1
English, Spanish (Neutral)
English: Dolby Digital 5.1, English: Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround
R - Under 17 requires accompanying parent or adult guardian. Contains some adult material. Parents are urged to learn more about the film before taking their young children with them.
age 17+
Common Sense rating Not for kids
age 17+

Common Sense Note

Parents need to know that this thought-provoking drama from the director of In the Bedroom probably won't be on most kids' radar. Just as well, since it includes some very mature images and ideas, including Internet porn and masturbation, adulterous sex and lies to spouses, child abuse (discussed, not shown), self-mutilation (off-screen, but with visible bloody results), and loud, intense football action. There are repeated references to a child predator who's been released from prison (neighbors campaign against him, TV reports discuss the case, parents go into a frenzy at a public pool when he shows up); he's also the center of a very disturbing scene in which he masturbates while his blind date cries helplessly, sitting next to him in her car. There are also several sweaty sex scenes between an adulterous couple, with nudity (bottoms and breasts), though these tend to be more "romantic" than explicit. Several uses of "f--k," plus other mild profanity.

Sexual Content

Adulterous affair includes sexual activity and some nudity (including bottoms and breasts); intercourse on a washing machine, on the floor, in a bed; a character visits an Internet porn site and masturbates with a pair of panties on his face.


A few football scenes are hard-hitting (sound and images); a man mutilates himself off-screen (with very bloody on-screen results); an elderly woman suffers heart failure during an argument; a fall off of a skateboard jump leaves a man in a neck brace; discussion of a past shooting.


Several uses of "f--k," plus other profanity.

Social Behavior

Characters lie and commit adultery; a central storyline involves a convicted pedophile recently released from prison and harassed by neighbors (including graffiti on sidewalk and house); consequently, there's much discussion of pedophilia and the violent neighborhood tactics to punish him; adults tend to treat their children as accessories while behaving like children themselves.


Labels and brands glimpsed and/or mentioned include Porsche, FedEx, Goldfish crackers, Vanity Fair magazine, and Dunkin' Donuts.

Drugs / Tobacco / Alcohol

Cigarette smoking and some social drinking; one character discusses her "mostly psychotropic" medications.

  • Age appropriate
  • Not an issue
  • Depends on your child and your family
  • Parents strongly cautioned
  • Not appropriate for kids of the age

This information for parents is provided by Common Sense Media, a non-profit organization dedicated to improving kids' media lives.

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